Toledo Mud Hens to celebrate Star Wars, Seinfeld, Ghostbusters this season

Toledo Mud Hens and Star Wars fans dress up for a game at Fifth Third Field.

As if there aren't enough reasons to go out to a ballgame this season, the Mud Hens are giving fans at least ten more.

After a

brutal winter

in the Glass City, the Toledo Mud Hens kick off their 2014 campaign Friday at Fifth Third Field downtown.

The Triple-A club plans to celebrate the boys of summer and loyal fans by what they call the "most action-packed, fun-filled promo schedule in history!"

Fans at Fifth Third Field this season will have the opportunity to take part in family-friendly theme nights, must-have giveaways, and exciting special appearances.


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So what's in store for fans this season? The Mud Hens gave us their Top Ten scheduled promotions:

10.) May 9 - The start of Postgame Fireworks that can be seen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from May through August.

9.) August 14 - Seinfeld Night: It's a promotion about â?¦ nothing! Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit show "Seinfeld".

8.) August 26 - Hens and Hounds Night: Fans are invited to bring their pooch to Fifth Third Field. Tickets for dog owners are $10; dog tickets are $8. 100% of the dog ticket proceeds go to the Toledo Area Humane Society and Cutie's Fun.

7.) June 28 - Superhero Night: The Hens will don special superhero-themed jerseys. Fans can bid on those jerseys at a silent auction happening during the game, with auction proceeds to benefit the Miracle League of Northwest Ohio.

6.) July 31 - Leon Durham Bobblehead: What better way to say "happy birthday" to our hitting coach Leon "Bull" Durham than with his own bobblehead? The first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive a Bull bobble.

5.) August 9 - Toledo Baseball History Night: The Mud Hens honor the 1939 Toledo Crawfords, the only Negro league to play an entire season at old Swayne Field. The Hens will wear special throwback Toledo Crawford jerseys, which will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Negro League Baseball Museum.

4.) July 19 - Christmas in July: Santa will visit Fifth Third Field during both games of this special day-night doubleheader. The ballpark will be decked out for Christmas and the team will wear two special edition Christmas-themed jerseys for the games. Both jerseys will be auctioned off for charity.

3.) May 10 - Star Wars Night: Fans are invited to dress as their favorite Star Wars character, be part of a prize-packed costume contest, enjoy Star Wars-themed food and MUCH more.

2.) May 30 - Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Celebration: The team will take the field wearing specialty Ghostbusters-themed jerseys! Fans can bid on the jerseys during a silent auction with proceeds to benefit Northwest Ohio Relay for Life.

1.) April 4 - Opening Day Downtown Doubleheader Mud Hens Opening Day, the biggest party of spring, is bigger than ever in 2014! April 4 marks the first "Downtown Doubleheader" in Mud Hens and Walleye history, with both teams playing regular season games on the same day. The Mud Hens Opening Day Bash kicks the party off. Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets to the Bash include an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music, drink specials, and club level seating. The first giveaway of the season - a Mud Hens magnet schedule - goes to 7,000 fans. They can grab one when exiting after the game.

A special Opening Day First Pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by the Walleye game at 7:15 p.m. at the Huntington Center.